First Aid Kit for the Outdoors

Here I look at what you should reasonably consider carrying as a first-aider in the great British outdoors. I haven’t suggested something for every conceivable situation since often you will have to use your initiative, or simply make do. And anyway, if you end up packing all your fears, you’ll simply pack a first aid kit that is so large you’d just leave it at home!

image showing two first-aiders looking after a fallen climber on an Outdoor First Aid course
Casualty monitoring card – essential first aid kit

Individual first aid kit for the UK

This is what I might carry as a walker or climber at the local crag for the day. As a runner, or cyclist my kit may vary slightly. A key consideration here is that exposure to the environment can be the most dangerous factor affecting you and your casualty’s safety and situation. Also it is presumed here that you will be in a remote environment away from shelter.  And naturally the best thing that you can invest in is first aid training!

1 x half roll mat
1 x survival bag / group shelter (depending on group size)
2m of Gaffa tape rolled around a water bottle
1 x mobile phone (kept inside a plastic wallet)
2 x pairs of protective nitrile gloves
several low adherent pads (different sizes)
1 x sterile trauma dressing
2 x packs of steri-strips
1 x crepe bandage/cohesive conforming bandage
10 x plasters
3 x antiseptic wipes
1 x tube of Savlon antiseptic cream
1 x packet second skin / moleskin
1 x blister kit – eg Compede
3 x triangular bandages
1 x packet of ibuprofen*
1 x packet of paracetomol*
1 x packet of anti-histamine tablets*
4 x aspirin tablets
1 x pencil / write in the rain pen
1 x tweezers
1 x tough cut scissors
2 x casualty cards 

picture showing first aid kit for a mountain leader in the UK

Some people swear by SAM splints too and wouldn’t go anywhere without them. Personally, in a bid to cut down on how much I carry, I prefer to make best use of my half roll mat, before carrying one of these. 

It is cheapest to buy these as individual items of first aid kit from the chemists / pharmacy / online suppliers.

If you don’t think you would know how to deal with an emergency first aid incident whilst out on the hill then maybe this is the time to book one of our outdoor first aid courses.

*As a first-aider you should not be giving any medication to a casualty, other than an aspirin for a suspected heart attack. I carry these medications for personal and family use.

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